Kiwi to test sheep in Mexico

Dr Alfredo Cuellar, left, professor of sheep production at the National University of Mexico and Arthur Blakely, New Zealand sheep genetics exporter, look at some sheep bound for Mexico several years ago.

4:14 PM  About a third of 45,000 ewes shipped to Mexico in June have shown no signs of being pregnant.

Dairy downturn costs billions

Waikato has had a $1.8 billion drop in income from the dairy industry as a result of the fall in payout.

The slump in world dairy prices took a $4.8 billion chunk out of the New Zealand economy.

Fonterra rejects board cut call

Fonterra chairman John Wilson says a proposal made to cut board members went against the way the co-operative worked.

Chairman says proposal to cull the number of board members is "not the co-operative way".

Smart calf rearing

Ben Neal from CalfSMART shows off his calf rearing system which is proving a hit with the dairy industry.

A Palmerston North new company CalfSMART has doubled its sales in the past year and is still developing.

Farmers too confident on quads

A study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health by researchers from the University of Otago found that New Zealand farmers tended to believe they were less likely to be in an accident while riding a quad bike than their peers.

New study says farmers think they're invincible on quad bikes.

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Farm business risks lurk around the corner

Farmers can do a lot to reduce risks outside the farm gate, says farm accountant Pita Alexander.

By taking control farmers can reduce many of the risks lurking outside their farm gate.

Curiouser and curiouser – AgResearch disappears down the rabbit hole

The Government has trimmed $100 million in “right-sizing” from AgResearch since reforms began. What is the CRI’s right size, Doug Edmeades asks.

Fossicking in Fonterra’s annual report

There are other uses for maize grain


Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?


Fonterra gets downgraded

The revised rating would not impact Fonterra's strategy or farmer shareholder payout, the company said.

16 min ago  Dairy giant's credit rating drops - but says it won't affect farmer payout.

Fonterra rejects board cut call

Chairman says proposal to cull the number of board members is "not the co-operative way".

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy speaking to farmers at DairyNZ's annual meeting in Morrinsville.

TPPA: Fear drove US dairy lobby

4:16 PM  "Fears of NZ dairy products flooding the US" blocked greater TPPA access.


Top tips for lambing

The best strategy for utilising the pasture is to prioritise stock classes, says sheep lecturer Dr Rene Corner-Thomas.

Massey University's International Sheep Research Centre has the top tips for lambing after a hard winter to get the most out of a flock.

Beekeeping tips shared

Even after 27 years getting to know the habits and quirks of bees, Murray Bush reckons there is still something special about the insect. 

Institute of Directors chief executive Simon Arcus wants to see better governance in farming.

Governance course in demand in Manawatu

Farmers want course on better governance.


Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

New programme for marine farmers

A new programme designed to bring transparency to the aquaculture industry in New Zealand has been launched.

The beach at Rarangi, outside Blenheim, where Cloudy Bay Clams operates.

Clam company 80 tonnes over quota

A clam harvesting company in Marlborough is trying to increase its shellfish quota after it overfished in the region by nearly 80 tonnes last year.


The $3 million irrigation call

Waihao valley farmers Martin and Diane Cochrane are looking forward to irrigation water from the new Waihao Downs scheme.

The imminent arrival of reliable irrigation water is exciting – and scary, South Canterbury farmers tell Tony Benny.

Demand for bucking-bulls on the rise.

A South Canterbury rodeo contractor breeds bulls for bull riding.

Dairy is the biggest loser in the TPPA deal struck in the early hours of Tuesday.

TPPA - what does it all mean?

What will Kiwis get out of the TPPA?


Alliance Group loyalty scheme finds Marlborough support

Marlborough Alliance Group shareholders will be rewarded for loyalty with additional payments for sheepmeat.

A Marlborough sheep farmer says the Alliance Group's offer to reward shareholders with loyalty payments is a good idea.

Fair weather lambing so far

North Canterbury farmers are wary a good lambing spell of fine weather may only be a temporary reprieve from drought.

Longview Perendale rams at Tutira.

Determination keeps the worms and eczema at bay

Client demand has driven the facial eczema focus for a Hawke's Bay sheep farming operation. Kate Taylor spoke to the managers of more than 30 years about their passion for perendales.


Onions NZ signs GIA in Pukekohe

Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, chief executive officer of Onions NZ Michael Ahern and Hunua MP Andrew Bayley sign the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement.

Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for biosecurity readiness and response on Friday at a ceremony in Pukekohe.

Ploughing the perfect well-turned furrow

Ploughing fans from around the North Island followed the furrows to Takapau in central Hawke’s Bay. Kate Taylor captured the action.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy outlines the benefits of the Waimea dam proposal during the launch of a ministry report about the Waimea Plains.

Dam a boost for fruit growers

Nelson's Waimea Dam will deliver major economic and environmental benefits, minister says.


NZ Merino adds value, ups profit

John Brakenridge CEO Merino NZ, says the company's efforts at adding value are paying off.

16 min ago  The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) has lifted its full-year profit by 21 per cent to $2.3 million in 2014-15, thanks to a switch from treating wool as a commodity.

Kiwi to test sheep in Mexico

4:14 PM  About a third of 45,000 ewes shipped to Mexico in June have shown no signs yet of being pregnant.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy speaking to farmers at DairyNZ's annual meeting in Morrinsville.

TPPA: Fear drove US dairy lobby

4:16 PM  "Fears of NZ dairy products flooding the US" blocked greater TPPA access.


Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

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Love of dairying overcomes cow allergy

Sheree Walters has responsibility for the young stock on Canterbury Grasslands' farm.

AN ALLERGY to cows has not stopped Sheree Walters from fulfilling her dream of dairy farming.

Making Holstein history in NZ

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Megan Friel with one of Mt Mable's 2015 sale bulls – before she knew the results of her latest mammogram.

Cancer found, but it could have been worse

Don't forgo your own health because you're too busy on the farm, says Norsewood's Mt Mable angus breeder Megan Friel.


Tax cuts after surplus?

The Government may bring forward $2.5 billion of tax cuts scheduled for 2017 after recording its first surplus.

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